The Sulky Vulture

The Sulky Vulture

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Boris is a very sulky vulture - nothing ever goes quite right for him! When his friends try to take his mind off things and cheer him up, everything goes wrong: the swing he is swinging on breaks, he can't find the zebra in hide and seek, he ends up with a rhino chasing him when he plays catch. Even when mum offers him a hug he's still not happy. Some vultures are never pleased! A riotous vulture story from the acclaimed master of animal characterisation and illustration, Michael more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 240 x 266 x 10mm | 117.94g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • colour illustrations
  • 0747561206
  • 9780747561200
  • 122,083

Review Text

Sally Grindley is the award-winning author of many popular books for young children, and here she tackles the whole problem of feeling moody. All children go through phases of feeling that everything is against them and refuse to be cheered up. Boris the vulture is no exception, and in this charming story he defies the attempts of all his friends to make him feel better. His refusal to eat his dinner is the first in a long line of disastrous encounters for the grumpy little vulture, and children everywhere will empathize with him only too well. How many of them will have been told to eat it up or do without? As Boris stomps off in a huff he adopts that familiar attitude which could apply just as well to a recalcitrant toddler: 'Head pulled down, shoulders hunched up, toes curled in, Boris the vulture is sulking.' His friends do their best, but in this mood Boris doesn't like any game he can't win. When Marvin the baboon suggests playing on the swing, it seems to do the trick, and Boris's sulks start to evaporate - until he comes crashing to earth and storms off to his mother with a bad head and a worse temper. A cuddle with Mum is just what's needed, but Boris is determined not to be won over quite so easily. This is an entertaining story packed with vibrant illustrations by the talented artist Michael Terry. It's perfect bedtime reading for young children from three upwards, and a painless way of getting children to talk about what makes them feel grumpy sometimes - is it because they can't bear to lose at games or do they just want a few more cuddles from Mum? Ages 3-6 (Kirkus UK)show more

About Sally Grindley

Sally Grindley lives in Gloucestershire with her three sons. She is an award-winning author, having written several other books for Bloomsbury including WHERE ARE MY CHICKS, WHO IS IT? and A NEW ROOM FOR WILLIAM. This is Michael Terry's fourth picture book for Bloomsbury, his previous books being THE SELFISH CROCODILE and LITTLE HOTCHPOTCH and RHINO'S HORNS. Michael is well-known for his characterful animal illustrations, in particular for the novels of Dick King-Smith where, amongst others, he created the cover for THE HODGEHEG. Michael lives in Hythe, more

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4 21% (4)
3 42% (8)
2 21% (4)
1 5% (1)
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